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Petronix 1962 Rampside
Posted by: smithleej ()
Date: January 08, 2019 06:08AM

Anyone out there put a Petronix unit on a 1962 Rampside? Did it work well? What would be the Petronix model/part number? Thanks.

Lee Smith
Buchanan, VA
1962 Rampside

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Re: Petronix 1962 Rampside
Posted by: Spectre ()
Date: January 08, 2019 06:22AM

No reason a Pertronix shouldn't work in a Rampside. P1 seems ok in all engines, P2 should be avoided in powerglides (low idle causes an issue with P2).

David Clamp


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Re: Petronix 1962 Rampside
Posted by: larry202br ()
Date: January 08, 2019 07:08AM

I run one in my '61, but it has a '64 110 engine. Works great, instant starts.

1961 rampside with a 65 / 67 110 engine, car four speed.
1965 convertible
1966 Custom two door/four door

KC0SKX
Olathe, ks
HACOA

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Re: Petronix 1962 Rampside
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: January 08, 2019 11:02AM

I had one (P1) on my 63 Rampside until that day came I was on the side of I40 just west of the Texas border coming home from the Roundup (Tulsa as I recall that year) and it failed me. Luckily I had a points plate with me but I still didn't like being on the side of the road working on my vehicle while all these 18 wheelers were going by me.

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Re: Petronix 1962 Rampside
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: January 08, 2019 12:17PM

I believe the part number for the Pertronix is 1162A (for the "Ignitor" and 91162A for the Ignitor 2" - These numbers are out of their 2018 catalog.

PS - The first steps in the installation instructions should be: Set the point gap correctly, remove the assembled point plate and wire to coil, place in baggy with a small screwdriver, store in glove compartment.

Seth Emerson

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Re: Petronix 1962 Rampside
Posted by: larry202br ()
Date: January 08, 2019 12:29PM

Mine came with the Pertronix. I didn't realize they were so unreliable. I'll search through my stash, and see if I can find a points plate with a set of points to keep in the rampy.

1961 rampside with a 65 / 67 110 engine, car four speed.
1965 convertible
1966 Custom two door/four door

KC0SKX
Olathe, ks
HACOA

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Re: Petronix 1962 Rampside
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: January 08, 2019 01:02PM

They are not so unreliable. Just my luck I had 1 fail (ONE). I also have one in my Corvan with factory camper kit.

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Re: Petronix 1962 Rampside
Posted by: smithleej ()
Date: January 08, 2019 01:38PM

Sounds like it may not be worth the money. Guess I will just stick with the original set up. You gotta love the mechanical challenges of this vehicle!

Lee Smith
Buchanan, VA
1962 Rampside

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Re: Petronix 1962 Rampside
Posted by: Gregory_Miller ()
Date: January 08, 2019 01:54PM

I have a P1 and my backup is a P2. Manual transmission so I don't have the issue with low RPM. You have to adjust the timing when converting from one to the other. I have never had a failure of a Pertronix myself and the set it and forget it feature is a big plus for me. Dwell and timing change as point block wears. Just my opinion, your mileage may vary.

That being said, I am converting soon to a fully programmable SDS system with triple coil pack.

Greg Miller
Eugene, Oregon

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